Lake Region considers hiring police officer

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copyright the Chronicle July 26, 2017

by Elizabeth Trail

 

A proposal to bring a deputy from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department into the school as a resource officer met with questions at the Lake Region Union High School’s board meeting on July 20.

The board invites the public to attend its next meeting in August in hopes of getting feedback from parents.

North Country Union High School has had a resource officer for several years, first a Newport City police officer, and then a sheriff’s deputy.

The move was controversial at first, Lake Region Principal Andre Messier said. But when it looked as though North Country might lose its resource officer Mr. Messier said, the community actively came out in support of the program.

“We’ve touched base with a number of schools,” Lake Region vice-principal Sharon Gonyaw said. “They all started out with the same reservations.”

Deputy Kyle Ingalls, the current resource officer at North Country, came to the Lake Region meeting to talk about how the program works.

A 2006 graduate of Lake Region, Deputy Ingalls said he provides onsite law enforcement services along with counseling and mentoring students as needed.

He also teaches drug awareness and driver safety classes on campus.

“We have counseling support already,” Mr. Messier said.

But he went on to add that there are social pressures affecting students these days — things happening in the school and in the parking lot that go beyond what traditional counselors can deal with.

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LRUHS — A very good school has a very good year

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copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017

 

by Tena Starr

 

Lake Region Union High School Principal Andre Messier had nothing but good to say about this year’s graduating class at the school’s annual awards night last Thursday. Awards night recognizes students in all grades, but Mr. Messier focused on the seniors and the school itself, which U.S. News and World Report has once again ranked in the top ten high schools in Vermont. This year it’s eighth.

“This is my favorite night of the year,” Mr. Messier said. Students get recognition when they win in sports and other events, he noted. “But rarely do we get to focus on the academic side.”

Towards the end of the program when he handed out the Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence, he said: “This group of seniors has set the bar, the standard, for this school. Those of you who are younger have something to chase.” He added that he fully expects them to do that, of course.

Eighteen students received the Presidential Award: They are: Maria Brosseau, Hunter Cota, Rebecca Doucet, Hunter Duquette, Margo Foster, Emily Klar, Elizabeth Locke, Avery Marcotte, Ashley Morrill, Olivia Owens, Andrew Parkinson, Colton Porter, April Streeter, Katherine Whipple, Alexis Rodgers, Sam King, Zachary Hale, and Erin Smith.

Mr. Messier also noted that this is the sixth year in a row that U.S. News has recognized Lake Region for outstanding achievement.

“That’s something this community should be extremely proud of,” he said. “That’s six consecutive years that the students who have come through Lake Region have maintained this.”

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NEK End Addiction holds forum at Lake Region

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copyright the Chronicle September 28, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

When Melissa Zebrowski’s brother and Jeannette Birch’s son died of drug overdoses in December and March, the two women’s reactions were to channel their grief into fighting the local heroin epidemic.

“We just felt a need to do something,” Ms. Birch said.

The two teamed up and told their family stories to Lake Region Union High School students in the spring.

They plan to continue their work in classrooms at Lake Region — and possibly at other high schools in the area — this fall.

One of the goals is to end the shame and silence surrounding addiction, they say.

Another is to get accurate information out to high school students — both information about the dangers of drugs, and resources for getting help in a crisis.

“I don’t want just to tell our story,” Ms. Zebrowski said. “We need to be telling a lot of stories.”

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Lake Region to hold evacuation drill September 9

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copyright the Chronicle September 7, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

On Friday, September 9, Lake Region Union High School will hold a mock evacuation drill. The point is to see how the school’s written plans will work out in real life.

In the middle of the morning on Friday, alarms will sound, and first responders will swarm into the school just as they would if there was a real school-wide emergency.

Police, fire departments, and rescue vehicles will rush to the campus, while students and staff are evacuated from the buildings, loaded onto buses, and driven to relocation sites in Irasburg, Orleans, and Barton.

Students will be returned to the school by bus after the drill is over.

“I just want to be sure that if family or friends drive by and see all the emergency vehicles, they know that it’s just a drill,” Principal Andre Messier said. “We could have a real panic.”

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Lake Region is state winner of Solve for Tomorrow Contest

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Lake Region Union High School is the state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.  Teacher Connie MacFarlane won technology for the school with her idea for making a website to link businesses and organizations that have excess food with people who are in need.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Lake Region Union High School is the state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Teacher Connie MacFarlane won technology for the school with her idea for making a website to link businesses and organizations that have excess food with people who are in need. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle December 16, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

When teacher Connie MacFarlane received an e-mail with instructions to “answer a few questions for a chance to win technology for your school,” she did.

Now Lake Region Union High School (LRUHS) is the Vermont state winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

“I answered the questions and submitted them then forgot about it,” she said. “Next thing I know, I find two tablets sent to me with a notification that I was a state finalist and I need to submit a proposal.”

The goal of the competition is for high schools around the country to come up with an idea to solve a problem in their communities using what they’ve learned in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ms. MacFarlane teamed up with her colleague Betsy Calhoun to submit the proposal… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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